Online Microcredential in Business & Management

ILM Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management

Transform from an aspiring or first-line manager to an effective leader with this ILM accredited online microcredential.

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University of AberdeenUniversity of Aberdeen

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Take your leadership to the next level with the University of Aberdeen

Organisations need effective leaders to create a clear vision and inspire teams to achieve their goals. However, aspiring or first-line managers may not have the leadership skills when starting their first management role.

This online microcredential will help you develop these skills by tackling leadership from three angles. You’ll start with personal leadership to understand your own behaviours, actions, and what leadership means to you.

Next, you’ll explore how you lead in relation to others, examining how you communicate, interact, direct, and influence. Finally, you’ll unpack leadership in context, taking an organisational view of the role your leadership plays in motivation, engagement, and team success.

Led by the University of Aberdeen’s experienced staff, this ILM approved training will help elevate your leadership capabilities. We also offer an [ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management online](, designed for practising and aspiring middle managers.

Unpack different leadership styles

To help you gain a better understanding of leadership, you’ll deepen your knowledge of leadership styles and concepts.

You’ll learn how leadership styles impact teams as you unpack your own leadership qualities. Through this exercise, you’ll learn how to enhance your qualities to maximise your leadership potential and get the most from your team. 

Learn how to build an effective team

A successful manager is only as good as the people around them. On this microcredential, you’ll gain the skills to build an effective team.

You’ll delve into the ways you can develop trust and communication with your team, using the Belbin Team Roles model to understand how teams benefit from diverse skills and experience. 

Gain personalised feedback from a Belbin-accredited practitioner

With a solid introduction to Belbin Team Roles, you’ll then have the chance to complete a personal profile.

You’ll receive one-to-one feedback from a Belbin-accredited practitioner who will help you explore how you work as a part of a team and unlock strategies to maximise team efficiency. 

Understand how to improve workplace performance

To help improve the performance within your team, you’ll get to grips with motivation theory and gain the practical skills to apply this theory in the workplace. 

You’ll understand how to act as a team builder, gaining the confidence to succeed as a new leader in your organisation. 

Learn flexibly online to develop your leadership career at your own pace

Our ILM Level 3 course is delivered part-time, 100% online to give you the flexibility to advance your career at a pace that suits you. 

The course is taught at undergraduate level. You’ll learn from experienced ILM-accredited training professionals from the University of Aberdeen to help you gain expert insights. 

How will the skills I learn help in my career?

This qualification is your gateway to effective leadership. Ideal if you have management responsibilities but no formal training, it equips you with the skills to lead, organise, and motivate teams. If you’re a practising team leader, the skills you’ll learn will help you take your management to the next level. 

This microcredential also prepares you for organisational challenges and may be recognised by your employer or professional institute for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). 

What will I receive?

Upon successful completion of this microcredential, you’ll receive a Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management from the ILM to demonstrate your leadership skills. 

How will I be assessed?

You’ll be assessed via a series of work-based assignments, which must be based on actual situations in the workplace.

Assignment questions are spread across each unit to support you in managing your learning time.

You can submit your assignments at any time and your work will be marked at the next available exit point.

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

There are no entry requirements for this course, but knowledge of your organisation to support assignment reflection is necessary.

You’ll normally be a practising or aspiring first-line manager who is able to complete a work-based assignment as part of the course.

You will need a level of reading and writing comprehension equivalent to National 3, Standard Grade or GCSE.

We’ll give you access to Office365 applications. This means you can use online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and install these programs on up to five personal devices.

Is this microcredential right for you?

This microcredential is designed for aspiring or first-line managers. It will help you gain the leadership skills and confidence to succeed in your first managerial role and advance in your career.


What happens before, during, and after your microcredential

  • Course

    ILM Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management

    Transform from an aspiring or first-line manager to an effective leader with this ILM accredited online microcredential.

    12 weeks

    5 hours per week

World-class learning with University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen is the 3rd oldest Scottish and 5th oldest UK University. With 14500 students from 120 countries, it is a world leader in medical research, energy, environment, law and business.


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    You will have 14 days from the day the course starts to apply for a refund. If this Microcredential has any non-refundable costs they will be stated in the ‘Overview’ section above. You can find more information in our cancellation and refund policy.

    Microcredentials are designed to fit around your life and timezone.

    There may be live events as part of your studies, but these will be recorded and can be watched afterwards if you aren’t online for the live broadcast.

    No, microcredentials are designed to be taken anywhere in the world. You won’t need the right to study in the country where the university offering themicrocredential is based.

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